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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Shrimp and lobster sales vital for Maine fisherman
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/8/2009.
Letter to editor – You'll help your neighbor, put healthy protein in your body, save gas and money and make a choice that will make a difference. To accomplish all this, just buy and eat Maine shrimp. Not the jumbo, farm-raised, tail on, chemical laden, shipped-across-the-world shrimp. Buy the sweet, fresh, unadulterated, healthy Maine shrimp.
Northern leopard frog threatened by agro-chemicals
Treehugger - 2/8/2009.
Researchers from seven different U.S. universities and government organizations studied the northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens) in wetlands across Minnesota. They were looking for causes of limb malformation and population decline. The study suggests that agrochemicals, combined with parasitic infestation, was the culprit.
First drug from genetically engineered animals approved by USDA
Treehugger - 2/7/2009.
A blood thinning drug called ATryn, which is made from the milk of genetically altered goats, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last Friday – making it the first drug made from genetically engineered animals ever to be approved for use in the US, according to the Associated Press.
University of New Hampshire launches an EcoGastronomy program
Treehugger - 2/7/2009.
The University of New Hampshire has introduced a pioneering EcoGastronomy Program geared towards students that want to learn the art of the sustainable foods.
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